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TRC Education’s Achieving Educational Excellence Study Launched

The White Paper Educational Excellence Everywhere (March 2016) clearly sets out the direction of travel for the education sector for the next 5 years with a focus on Great Teachers, Great Leaders and Empowered Pupils, Parents and Communities.

In a sector pressured by OFSTED requirements, changing organisational forms, teaching capacity and capability, the paper presents significant challenges for local government, schools, universities and wider education providers.

Further substantiated in the Health Education Staff Survey (2014), over 88% of teachers, lecturers, support staff, admin staff have experienced stress, 72% anxiety and 45% depression as a result of influencing factors such as workload, rapid pace of change, unreasonable demands and student behaviour.

As a consequence, 60% of those respondents reported that work performance suffered, 70% confidence was affected, 68% mental health, 61% physical health, 56% personal health and relationships.

With dramatic statistics that really challenge the day to day working of schools and wellbeing of teachers and non-teaching staff, TRC Education has launched a study with a sample of Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Leicester City schools to identify the factors that really influence teaching, non-teaching staff, governors and parents to achieve educational excellence.

In particular we will be exploring:

  • The burning platforms affecting the wellbeing and performance of teaching and non-teaching staff;
  • The role of governors in influencing the wellbeing and performance of teaching and non-teaching staff;
  • How parents influence the wellbeing and performance of teaching, non-teaching staff and governors;
  • The barriers to achieving positive wellbeing and great results;
  • How sustainable change can be achieved

The study will run from mid-October until the end of November. Results will be published in January 2017.

To find out more about TRC Education and the study, contact Rachel Helmn,